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Maximize tape lifespan best practice?

jalil1408
Occasional Contributor

Maximize tape lifespan best practice?

What is best practice to maximize tape lifespan:

 

Append backups to the tape until it becomes full, then overwrite it before the next usage.

 

or

 

Overwrite the tape before it becomes full (for example: when used space is 70% or every month even it's not full)?